Advice for Beginner Witches Who Are Unsure Where to Start (Plus, a Free Ritual)

If you are new to witchcraft, sometimes you can feel overwhelmed. 

Where do you start? 

What do you research?

What do you do?

The good news is, I’ve gathered 18 tips for beginner witches. Plus, if you stay until the end, you can also get a free Wish Manifestation ritual that teaches you how to cleanse, banish, and protect you and your space by warding or casting a circle.


Meditate at least 5 minutes a day


People say that the purpose of meditation is to clear their mind, and in a way they are right.

But don’t worry about that.

Simply take at least 5 minutes every day to close your eyes, breathe, and focus on what you feel: Be aware. Aware of your thoughts, how you feel, what you smell, taste, sense, etc.

If your thoughts wander, that’s OK. Don’t stress out about it.

You don’t need to believe in it 100%

You need to believe for the spell to work…but you don’t need to believe in it 100%.

That’s practically impossible when you first start out, and sometimes even expert witches have a bit of doubt – especially witches with anxiety, depression, or spoonie witches who struggle with high-magick.

Just don’t stress out about it. You got this!

Grounding exercises

You can do this in those 5 minutes a day you are meditating, too, but here’s the gist of what you do to ground yourself:

Sit, stand, or lay down in a quiet place. Outside is always better, in my opinion, but I mostly do it inside. 

Close your eyes and visualize and sense your own energy. Visualize it leaving your body so it can go back to the universe to be cleansed and re-used.

Next, visualize you taking in more energy. I usually do this by visualizing a purple/blue energy from the universe entering me from the top of my head, and brown/green light from the earth entering my feet. Do this until you feel you have enough, then open your eyes.

Psi Ball exercises

Once every week or every other week, try giving yourself some time to practice creating psi balls.

Chances are, you may not be able to make a perfect one your first time – possibly not even your first couple times. That’s OK.

The goal here is to practice the manipulation of energy.

And, if you don’t know what Psi Balls are and what they can be used for, let me enlighten you: A psi ball is basically just a ball of energy. This can be energy from yourself, and/or energy from the universe/earth/other energy sources, mixed in with intent. You can send this ball of energy and intent back to the universe to do it’s duty, or send it directly to someone to send them good luck, protection, and so on.

Distance, when it comes to magick, doesn’t matter. Maybe not all witches believe this, so after doing several long-distance spells yourself, ask yourself what you believe.

Personally, I’ve done long-distance spells (on people that I know) and have had them work perfectly. However, there are some things that may weaken your own magick – not visualizing it, not enough energy, etc – and this makes your psi ball work harder. The harder it has to work, the less likely or the less it will work 

Magick is personal. The more personal a spell is, or the more emotion in that spell,the stronger it becomes. That’s probably also why when I had cast a spell on someone from a different state, it still worked well. 

Find something you love doing and keep doing it

Otherwise, choose a “niche” or several niches. 

A niche is basically choosing a very specific topic. ‘Magick’ is a general topic and knot, sigil, enchantment, or other types of magick being the niches.

You are perfectly fine choosing 2-4 niches, but keeping it fairly low is recommended.

By choosing specific types of magick to focus on, you can easily “supercharge” your magick, allowing results from casting spells to work even better than they did before.

This is exactly what I did after practicing magick for several years, which has helped me earn exceptional results when practicing magick.

Don’t do more than one (big) spell a day

Sometimes doing two or more spells in one day can drain your energy, but this is especially true for bigger spells.

Two simple solutions can include either doing smaller spells or using energy from other sources – though, the act of energy manipulation can still drain you.

After any magick spell that takes a lot of energy, meditate/ground yourself 

Whenever you cast a spell, it’s best to meditate or ground yourself soon after. This way, you get to “re-charge” instead of feeling drained the rest of the day.

By keeping up with this practice, and by using the next tip, you’ll be able to handle more spells in a given day and even get a better control over energy manipulation – which is an important technique to learn in witchcraft.

Use other energies (energy sources)

To avoid burnout after casting a spell, use other energy sources while practicing magick. You can do this by visualizing the energies from other sources, such as the universe, earth, fire from a candle (representing darkness, light, spirit, and fire energy sources), herbs, crystals, rocks, seashells, flowers, water, air, personal items such as good luck charms, wood, metal, etc.

Do simple spells

For beginners or spoonie witches, try practicing simple spells instead of high-magick spells and rituals. For example, sigil magick can be a very low-energy way to cast spells, especially depending on how you charge and activate your sigil.

Let yourself fantasize

Emotional energy fuels spells, but before you decide to cast a spell while angry or experiencing other strong, negative emotion, hear me out: Negative emotions, while they do fuel spells, equals chaos magick. 

Chaos magick, in turn, often has great results but bad consequences.

However, there’s a simple solution: Strong, positive emotions work tremendously in spells, too, without all the consequences. Happiness, excitement, and fantasizing about your intent and what it would be like if the spell work can fuel the spell.

Next time you cast a spell, try to take a few moments to close your eyes, take deep breaths, and fantasize about your intent.

For example, let’s say you cast a wealth spell to get a boost of money.

What would it be like to get that boost of money? What would you spend it on? Would you invest in a business? Spend it all on clothes, school, bills, etc? Would your life be a little bit easier with this boost of money? Imagine the outcome, and let yourself fantasize.

Edit the spell

If the spell’s ingredients or words don’t feel right – or if you don’t have all the items – edit the spell.

Of course, only edit the ingredients when necessary, and make sure to do your research if the spell requires you to consume anything.

You can do this by editing the spell, the charging the spell with this chant, then casting the spell to activating it.

You can also learn how to create, charge, and cast a spell with my free guide here.

Make it personal – bring your hobbies into it

I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again.

Magick is personal.

And you should definitely get personal with your craft.

Do things that you love doing. Have any hobbies? Include them in your craft.

If you are an artist, use craft magick.

Writer? Automatic writing, or wish manifestation spells via writing short stories.

Jogger? Cast spells that make you run faster. Practice mindful awareness techniques. Feel the wind in your hair, how your feet touches the ground and pushes you forward, making you run even faster. Cast simple spells, or one-word spells, right when you feel the most euphoria.

Get personal with your craft. It’s YOUR craft.

Have a wish manifestation box

Create a wish manifestation box.

If you try practicing magick everyday, creating a wish manifestation box is a low-magick but highly effective way to practice, even on the days you don’t feel like it.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Find, decorate, and/or create a box of any size.
  2. Write down a wish/goal/statement/sigil of your intent.
  3. Sit down and visualize the outcome. Let yourself fantasize for a moment.
  4. Place it inside the box, and move on with your day.

It’s that easy!


Create talismans/amulets/enchantments/jar spells

Enchanted items and jewelry are an amazing way to practice the craft.


You can create enchantments for other people and yourself using jewelry, enchant wands, items for your altar, or other items that you can use within your magickal practice.


Enchantments can also provide a boost of power in your spells.

Go out in nature, even if it’s in your own backyard

Every once in a while, take some time to go outside. Go to the beach, the woods, or even your own backyard. Even better, go barefoot, close your eyes, and feel the flow of Earth’s energy entering inside you (another form of grounding).

Don’t stress out about choosing a path

Many beginner witches struggle with this, but don’t worry.

You don’t need to choose a set path now.

You don’t even need to technically choose any particular path in 10 or even 20 years down the line.

You can be a Christian witch, a Wiccan, pagan, Shaman, eclectic, etc. Research the paths, but don’t stress out about it. It will come to you naturally.

Don’t cast spells on other people until you’ve had plenty of practice

Personally, I think this is a big one.

When I was younger and just got into witchcraft, I never actually practiced spells on other people – except once – and I’m glad I didn’t.

Because although my spells worked, I still had negative side effects often. Now, I don’t anymore, but imagine what could happen if you cast a spell on someone else and it back-fired?

My advice: Take your time and get familiar with your craft before you cast spells on other people.

Create a Book of Shadows and record your experiences

No matter if you are a beginner, intermediate, or expert witch – you should be recording your knowledge, results, and experiences.

You can do this in a physical or digital book of shadows. Plus, if you are wondering what to put in your Book of Shadows, wanting more beginner tips, reasons why your spells aren’t working, and 15 free spells, you can also download your free ebook by visiting the link below:


  • Meditate
  • Ground yourself
  • Believe, but don’t stress out about it
  • Find something you love and keep doing it

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Author: Kaia Blackwood

Armed with curiosity and an obsession with asking questions, Kaia has made it her mission to help other witches practice the craft all the while finding (or creating) their own path. When she's not casting spells or writing on her blog, Kaia is playing with her dog (a Corgi and Jack Russel mix. A Ja'Corgi, if you will), writing fan-fiction, and dreaming (and planning) to travel abroad.

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